Sometimes people do not want to hear the truth because they do not want their illusions destroyed. 

Friedrich Nietzsche

What should I do, if I am trying to build a startup I am not passionate about?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 23 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Could it be that you merely do not have passion in the products and services that you offer but you do have the passion to build a profitable business? 
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I have a business idea similar to Uber. Are there plug and play applications available that I can leverage to build the platform? If not, what is a rough idea on how much it might cost to build a simple location based platform?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 25 Aug 12 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
I think that when it comes to ideas like these where the website itself is the core business asset,  you would want to have a unique website. If you wait for others to push developers to create plug and play plug - ins they sell to the masses, you're already too late. By then, so many other people are doing similar websites to yours. 
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What intellectual property difficulties can I get into if I start a startup in a field related to work that I did while working for a large tech company?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 26 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
The first stop really is to go through the employment contract you signed with your previous employer. Is there a clause there pertaining to the type of work you can or cannot do after working with them?  The concept normally is that employers own the result of your work. Plus they would not like it if you start competing with them. Or if you start making money and they want a cut of your profits.
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Is it necessary to have someone with a CEO title in a startup, co-founded by equals?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 29 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
I haven't come across Incorporation laws that requires a company to use the CXO labels, so no, you do not need to have a CEO. 
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Why do people think government bailouts of banks are bad?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 29 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Generally, I disagree with bail outs because it works against benefits of having a free market and free competition. We got to where we are because people who were in  positions of power and influence allowed or made the conditions which caused these calamities,  to remain in power and influence. They might have done so intentionally with honest motives or for private gain,  or unintentionally through incompetence or stupidity. 
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As a military giant, why is the Russian economy not good?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 30 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
To be an economic powerhouse, you need to set up a lot of things as a nation to ensure that you are trustworthy and assure investors that you have institutions and laws that ensure fairness and legal protection and respect for their property. 
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Who are the most succesful entrepreneurs that happen to be atheists?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 31 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Microsoft's Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are Atheists. They also donated billions of their wealth to charity.
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Atheists: Is not believing in any gods the only thing that is necessarily true about all atheists?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 31 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
That's right. People who believe in a god or gods are theists. People who are not convinced that a god or gods exist are A-theists. That's is all we share in common. Nothing more. Nothing less. It is also important to point out that we don't believe in the Devil or devils  for the same reason we don't believe in a god or gods. I think that's important because many people who believe in god cannot get their minds around that.
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If I'm going to start a blog and make money from it later on, should I set up my blog on Blogger or WordPress?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 29 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
My answer on the 29th of August 2015: If you are serious about blogging, do it on Wordpress. I would recommend it running on your own domain name and on a hosting account you control. Reasons: you can customise its features, you have control over it, you're investing in your URL for the long term. My answer today, 13th March 2016:
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I have my product almost ready, but I have no company, no co-founder, and no contacts. How do I proceed from here?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 20 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Do you need to register as a company? Can you NOT register as a Sole Trader in India? That's probably the simplest to start with. I would only start using a company when it is worth more than its trouble.  Once you have that, I would, if I were in your shoes, see if I can legally protect any intellectual property I can have on the product (trademarks, patent, copyright, etc). 
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Does incorporating a business make sense?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 29 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
In essence, allowing the IRS to take a huge chunk of one's money, in return for being able to use big boy words and "legal" documents, and business liability that may never be exercised.
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What services help non-technical founders start a web startup?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 20 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
I suppose that depends on what you need done. If you need a website designed and developed then you'll need Web designers and development services.  If your business is selling products and services then you might be okay developing a website made with a collection of pre developed parts cobbled to work together to minimise your cost. You can get a website anywhere from day $2000 to $10000 depending on what you're after. 
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What are the best startup ideas for Africa?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 19 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
I heard somewhere that providing services normally provided by governments in developed countries are profitable in areas where governments have become useless and dysfunctional. Providing power / electricity generated from renewable sources may be something to consider. If I find the resource i read/heard about this,  I'll post it here.
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Why is the human lifespan only around 100 years?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 30 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
What makes it up to 100 years? Why not 50 years? Why not 50000 years?
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Is it hard finding a partner for a business?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 18 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
It depends on the type of business you're into and what you are offering the other prospective partner. They need to be convinced that there is a chance you can succeed. You need to convince them that working with you and your business is going to be worth their time.  
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With low marketing budgets and no historical conversion data, would you recommend driving traffic to the website or the app (both serve the same purpose)?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 18 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
It really depends on where more of your customers/clients/audience would be. If they're a demographic that uses apps more, then focus on the apps. Otherwise drive traffic to the website. That's my take on it.
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How do you create a profitable web page? Do login features increase profitable opportunities?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 22 Jun 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
It really depends on what you are trying to sell and why you are require people to log in. Only do things that are actually necessary. Do not make people have to log in if it's not necessary.
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If there is no god and there are no other intelligent species and the human race becomes extinct would that be really sad?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 16 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
I am hopeful that humanity will last for a long time to come, but at some point,  if the current physicist analysis is correct, then the universe will continue on expanding with all the planets and stars so far apart, and eventually go cold. Devoid of any source of energy, no life will exist no longer, then yes, it is sad. I feel this in solidarity with you. 
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How do I start an online magazine website?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 23 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
I'll address the technical aspect of your project because I'm guessing you have worked out the business and operational aspects of your website.   If you want to have different types and levels  of users, writers and contributors with varying access,  restrictions and permissions, then Drupal is a good CMS to use for an online magazine website. It also has great tagging and categorising infrastructure.
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If for some reason, say a self-inflicted catastrophe, humans were to be wiped out from the surface of the Earth, would any of the remaining "Great Apes" eventually evolve to be close to what we consider now to be human?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 02 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
I'm not an evolutionary biologist,  just a science enthusiast. From my readings, it may not necessarily be the case that the remaining Great Apes will evolve exactly into Homo Sapiens. Keep in mind there were other types of Homo species that evolved and are now extinct. 
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